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Human dimensions of wildfire: reflections on wildfire evacuation experiences and evacuation alternatives

posted Sep 15, 2022, 6:55 PM by Joe Christy

On Thursday evening, September 29 at 6pm we are very lucky to host Amanda Stasiewicz, co-Director, NSF IUCRC Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center and Department of Environmental Studies, San José State University who will give a presentation via Zoom, on Human dimensions of wildfire: reflections on wildfire evacuation experiences and evacuation alternatives.
You may have been interviewed by Prof. Stasiewicz in the summer of 2021 about the CZU fire. Her work was recently featured in the New Yorker in an article by Ingfei Chen about The Terrifying Choices Created by Wildfires, which focuses on the Bonny Doon experience of the CZU fire.
You can join the meeting here on that evening only.

Spring 2022 Chipping

posted Mar 13, 2022, 4:32 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Mar 13, 2022, 4:46 PM ]

Sign-ups run through 10PM on March 18th.

The chipping will run three days per week over the first two weeks in April and then 5 days per week in the first two weeks in May. In the last two weeks in March, someone will come to your place and check out your piles to be sure that they satisfy our Chipping Do's and Don'ts and, if not, to then advise you on how to fix them. Chipping will be scheduled neighborhood by neighborhood in order to minimize travel time while maximizing chipping time.

2021 Board Elections

posted Oct 29, 2021, 4:52 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Oct 29, 2021, 4:58 PM ]

To allow more time for our special guests' presentation, the business portion of our annual meeting will be brief. We have one item of business - board elections.

Lisa Schallop and Jared Childress have been nominated to join our board for a two year term; Andy Hubbs, Joe Christy, and Tim Eagan have been re-nominated to continue for another two year term.
Founding Treasurer Ilana King resigned September 30, 2020, in order to spend more time with her family. Founding Vice President Nadia Hamey is resigning now after eleven years on the board. Nancy MacAllister and Mike Phinn are leaving now at the end of their terms. We thank them all for their inestimable service.
Our second Treasurer, Meggin Harmon and board member Paul Gabriel are continuing into the second year of their current terms.

2021 Annual Meeting on Zoom Wed. Nov. 3, 7 - 8:30pm

posted Oct 20, 2021, 11:34 AM by Joe Christy   [ updated Oct 29, 2021, 4:19 PM ]

Board election, then special guests Nikki Silva and Shmuel Thaler.

When CZU Fire erupted Nikki and Shmuel began photographing and interviewing to document that historic event, culminating in a special show which opened last July at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Out of the Ashes: Stories from the CZU Lightning Complex Fires, and runs through next year.

Nikki Silva was the History Curator of the MAH for a decade, where she continues to curate exhibits. Collaborating with Davia Nelson as the Kitchen Sisters, they have won numerous prestigious national journalism awards for their many radio and podcast series.

  Shmuel Thaler is the Santa Cruz Sentinel staff photographer. His work has been published and awarded nation-wide. In 2016 he was the Santa Cruz Artist of the year.

We are honored to have them present photographs, interviews, and video, gathered from the MAH archive.

Time: Nov 3, 2021 07:00 - 8:30 pm PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Home Ignition Zone Consultations coming soon, sign-up now

posted Aug 26, 2021, 2:44 PM by Joe Christy

Our Home Ignition Zone Training produced an eager cadre of volunteers who have completed the National Fire Protection Association's Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire training. If you are a Bonny Doon resident and want advice on steps toward enabling your home to survive a wildfire on its own, please fill out and submit this form to request a consultation.  We will contact you by phone or email to arrange a mutually agreeable time for a roughly 90 minute consultation.

Please direct any questions to or leave a message at 831-824-4155.

Chipping sign-ups open

posted Mar 22, 2021, 8:46 AM by Joe Christy   [ updated Mar 13, 2022, 1:32 PM ]

Chipping signups are open, now thought March 18! Learn more under Chipping Do's and Dont's.

"Ever wonder how insurance companies decide your house is too risky to insure for wildfire?", asks Kathy Astromoff

posted Mar 22, 2021, 8:37 AM by Joe Christy

"Everyone wonders! That’s because insurance companies use secret scoring systems. Consumers can’t even find out our own score, even though it is the main factor in an underwriting decision. 

That used to be true for credit scores also, but after agitation and lawsuits by consumer groups, we can now see our credit scores for free once a year, which helps us make decisions about how to improve our credit.

Now the CA insurance commissioner is exploring making wildfire insurability scores public, so we can not only know our own scores, but also understand what it would take to improve them. This is great news! 

But, insurance companies are very powerful in CA, and they are already fighting this idea. That’s where we come in. We need to show up and tell the Commissioner why this is good for both consumers and insurers. Consumers get the info we need to prioritize fire hardening projects, while insurers reduce their underwriting risk - which makes our houses more insurable. Wins all around. 

There is a meeting for public comment on March 30 at 1PM Pacific. Please make your voice heard! Register in advance at this link:"

Request for Proposal - San Vicente Redwoods Prescribed Fire Preparation Project

posted Jun 15, 2020, 3:27 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 5:45 PM ]

The Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council (BDFSC) is requesting proposals for contractor services. Responses are due by 6:00 PM June 25, 2020. 
The full Scope of Work is available here; and the accompanying maps are here.

Last Call for Spring 2020 Chipping!

posted Apr 3, 2020, 11:32 AM by Joe Christy

We are rapidly reaching our financial limits for the Spring 2020 Chipping Program. Accordingly, we will be closing applications at 6pm Friday, April 3.

Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council Annual Meeting - Panel: Fire History of the Santa Cruz Mountains

posted Jan 15, 2020, 4:23 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 4:45 PM ]

Save the Date! Wednesday February 19, 6:30 - 8pm, Davenport Roadhouse
There will be a light dinner available for purchase starting at 6:30.
The program will start a little before 7pm with a brief overview of our activities this past year, then at 7 we will have a Panel Discussion on the Fire History of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our panel consists of three local experts: Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust; CAL FIRE San Mateo, Santa Cruz Unit, Forestry Division Chief Rich Sampson; and Tim Hyland, Resource Ecologist for the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks.

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